Returning to the pottery studio was different than the other times I had been there. I felt rushed and I was there only long enough to glaze my pots. Anyhow, I want to share my third week in the studio, as well as some other thoughts and good news at the end.
As I mentioned in my last post, I would not be able to visit the studio often this week. In fact, I have only been once. Today. I glazed my final batch of pots that had been bisqued.
The glaze room: a simple plastic table and glazes stored in five-gallon buckets.
A row of pots: I lined up my pots to number them and make notes as to what glazes were used and how they were applied. See notebook on left. 😉
The final two: Below are two of my most ambitious pieces. Both were dipped into three different glazes. The layering of the glazes will bring out different results. I have no idea what those results will be, but I hope it looks nice…’er decent.
All or most of my pieces will be glazed fired over the weekend. I am not sure when I will pick them up, but I hope it will be sometime within the next week.
My time at the studio was filled with mixed emotions. In the beginning, I was very enthusiastic about working on the wheel again. Eighteen years had passed since I last threw clay. My first two weeks were very productive. Then, we received dreadful news that my husband’s 18-year-old cousin died in a car crash. Thankfully, the other two passengers survived, but it has been difficult to accept that Cody is really gone. He was a wonderful young man and a star athlete.
Cody will always be remembered for winning the Class 1A state title in the 300 meter hurdles this past May. Click the photo of Cody to see an interview with him right after he won that race.
At this point, I am eager to pick up my pieces when they are finished and move on. I enjoyed my time at the studio, but sometimes life throws (pun) you a curve and what you thought was important – really wasn’t. Hug your kids and tell them you love them. We are never promised tomorrow.
Since returning from Cody’s memorial, I have been getting my house in order for our visitor on Sunday. We are going to host a Japanese exchange student for a month! This has been in the works for many months and it is our first time hosting. We are excited, yet a little nervous. His mother told me he knows very little English. To make matters worse, our ability to speak Japanese is laughable. We have a phrase book and Japanese/English dictionary…we’ll see how it goes. Regardless of the language barriers, we are anticipating to let this be a good experience for us all.
After our exchange student has arrived and is settled, I hope to write about his stay. Until then…wish us luck!